Problem & Criticism

10:30am - 12pm

  • Venue Studio 1
  • Price £60 / £40
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Join with other artists to develop your critical skills and become more confident in your ability to develop your own style. These friendly, supportive classes are devoted entirely to the discussion and criticism of work done at home. The six sessions are based around a focus and specific creative problems set by the tutor. You will be required to work outside of class using your own materials, resulting in a number of pieces of creative work, using a variety of materials and approaches.

Each session will be devoted to discussion and constructive criticism of work done outside of class. Questions about observation, interpretation and the nature of images will be discussed, as well as why and what choices were made. A theme/focus will be set by the tutor for the term to ensure participants are working on the same challenges to give discussions unity.

Please note: There are two groups of this course working alternate weeks for five sessions, and then all come together for the sixth session to give participants an opportunity to see the wide variety of creative work by both groups inspired by the term’s topic.

Bookings from 11 April will have classes on 25 April, 9 May, 23 May, 6 June and 20 June 2024.

Bookings from 18 April will have classes on 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June and 20 June.

Please note: the final session on 20 June will be an extended session 10am-1pm (not 10am-12noon as all other sessions).

Prior to the course starting, learners will be sent notification of the term’s focus and given the piece of work they are to complete and bring to the first session.

During the first session, a handout will be given out indicating the creative work required and challenges to be undertaken each week at home and confirming dates for the remainder of the term. Participants will also be given a list of current national and regional exhibitions and encouraged to share creative ideas about exhibitions they have seen and artists whose work has inspired them.

Work can be of an experimental nature as vitality and freshness of approach is important. The sharing of ideas, skills and means of expression with the group is an important element of the course.

Diane is an experienced tutor, who has taught at Attenborough Arts Centre since its inception and the Botanic Gardens since 2006 and undertaken Art Residencies at both the University of Lincoln and Loughborough. She has an MA with distinction, is President of the LSA and is a practicing artist whose work is inspired by environmental issues.

This is a friendly and welcoming course and all levels of experience and ability are welcome.

Participants must be aged 18+.

Further Information:

We aim to make all our sessions as accessible as possible and carers/PAs are very welcome – just remember to book their free place when you book your session. If you'd like to talk to us in advance of booking or attending your sessions to discuss your access needs, our Box Office team is here to help! Email, pop in or call 0116 252 2455, open 7 days a week.

We have four blue badge parking spaces outside Attenborough Arts Centre, plus double yellow line roadside parking very close to the building for blue badge holders for up to three hours if our parking spaces are occupied.

Free parking for all customers is available after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in the University of Leicester car park next door to Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road. The closest public car park for parking at all other times is Victoria Park, 5-10 minutes walk from us.

Please ensure that you agree to our updated Terms & Conditions before booking as courses/workshops are non-refundable in some circumstances.